UAV’s or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are progressively steering agriculture in the direction of data driven farm management in Africa.

With the second highest total addressable market for commercial services (according to Goldman Sachs), and the continued technology uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa. Addrone Digital could proudly run the biggest agricultural drone spraying and mapping service in Kenya.

Service range in this sector

  • Agricultural drones can be equipped to spray fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. They can spray an entire crop or farm, or just spot spray a specific area of land. Spraying from the air by drone is much quicker and cheaper than walking the entire acreage of a farm to spray, or using a plane to spray.

  • Using drones, farmers can obtain real-time visual data about the health of crops, which helps to maximize land and resource usage and better determine crop planting locations. Using our near infrared (NIR) drone sensors let farmers determine crop health based on light absorption, giving them insights into the overall health of the farm. For example, vineyard owners are currently using NIR to monitor the health of their grapevines .Below are some of the crop-related data farmers monitor using drones:

    • Crop life cycles over time
    • Real-time crop and plant health
    • Overall distribution of land-based on crop type
  • This application is still fairly new but presents a powerful tool for the future of agriculture, as well as for forestry and other scenarios that benefit from planting a large number of seeds in a short period of time. DroneSeed has created a UAS designed to help with reforestation and replanting projects. These drones can each deliver up to 57 pounds of seeds, herbicides, fertilizer, and water, significantly reducing planting times and the cost of labor for planting seeds.

    • Drones equipped with thermal cameras can help a farmer keep tabs on livestock much more easily than walking a field and counting with the naked eye.
    • A quick flight can help a farmer determine whether all livestock are where they should be, as well as help find out if there are injuries among the animals, missing livestock, animals giving birth, or other scenarios that might require intervention.
  • Drones can help spot irrigation issues on large pieces of farmland that might otherwise go unnoticed, quickly identifying areas with too little or too much water. Using this information, farmers can avoid crop damage due to water pooling, maximize drainage, and take advantage of natural land runoff.

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